The Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) is asking the hunting community for help filling their freezer with meat this winter, due to the growing demand for emergency food.
“Each year, we get several phone calls from hunters wanting to donate meat,” said Brent Weisgram, Chief Operations Officer at MFBN. “We have the space and we have the ability to store and transport large quantities of food across the state. This partnership provides a way for hunters to get their donated meat onto the plate of hungry Montanans.”
Due to food security and safety guidelines, all meat donated must be processed at a state inspected facility. If a local processor is not listed, donors will need to verify that the processor holds a wild game processing certificate from the State of Montana.
MFBN asks that donors inform their processors that they wish to donate their game to the Montana Food Bank Network, at the time the donor’s game is brought in. To lower processing costs, the donor can ask that the meat be ground into either one or two pound chubs or packages.
Processors can contact Brent Weisgram at MFBN to advise him that the donation is ready for pickup. MFBN will make arrangements for pickup.
For more information, please visit www.mfbn.org
or call (406) 721-3825 x244.
Published Nov. 16, 2011